Wednesday, August 10, 2016

RuinTen Triple IPA (review)

Beer Review #146

When you drink a lot of different beers sometimes, after awhile, many of them seem to taste the same. Sure, there are always nuanced differences, but all the while you're searching for the "breed apart," the brew that blows you out of the water and makes the beer drinking experience feel new again. RuinTen Triple IPA from Stone Brewing Company, seems (for me) to be one of those rare beers.

We first released this decidedly indelicate beer in 2012 as Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our beloved bitter Stone Ruination IPA. Stone RuinTen Triple IPA uses the same recklessly hoppy recipe as the 2012 release; only the name has been changed to include “Triple,” which helps describe the over-the-top hop profile and elevated alcohol by volume. We packed a whopping five pounds of hops into each barrel, and cranked up the ABV to stand up to the hop onslaught. The results are glorious, and we know you’ll rejoice in tasting this audacious gem of hoppy splendor. You’re welcome. Again.
The "Hop Profile" of RuinTen is certainly 'over the top' but 'over the top hop profile' should not be confused with 'bitter.' We are indeed talking about a strong IPA here, but this beer is all about the orange peel and mango. This is a citrusy, tropical IPA turned up to ten. These days lots of IPA's are big on tropical, but what separates this one from the pack is the brilliant addition of vanilla bean. I've had several stouts that included vanilla, a flavor you often also get from oak aging, but never an IPA. Here, the union of orange and vanilla call to mind a creamsicle float (vanilla ice cream and orange soada), but with a healthy bitter back end of orange peel and hops to keep things feeling 'adult.'

Buy this beer.

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